“Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov was an outstanding representative of the domestic and world cosmonautics, a true pioneer, a strong, strong-willed, heroic person. Infinitely devoted to the chosen cause, he wrote bright, truly legendary pages in the annals of the conquest of the Universe, in the history of our country, ”the message of Putin says.

The Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov died in the 86th year of his life. Condolences on his death were expressed by the leadership of Roscosmos and NASA.

The farewell ceremony and the funeral will be held on October 15 at the memorial cemetery in Mytishchi.

March 18-19, 1965 Leonov, together with Pavel Belyaev, flew into space as a second pilot on the Voskhod-2 spaceship. During the flight, he carried out the first spacewalk in the history of astronautics.

For the successful implementation of the flight and the courage and heroism shown at the same time, he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.